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question on Fage yogurt...

So, I keep hearing Fage this and Fage that, all on Chow. So when I was scouting my organic section the other day, I saw Fage 2% with a little side cup of honey. I bought it. It was $2.69! I haven't eaten it yet because I want to make sure there isn't something life altering I should be doing with or to it before I attempt to consume.

Differences in Fage and Fage 2%?

Thanks Chowsers.

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  1. I've only had Fage 0%, and it's really good. Very thick and creamy, and smooth, fresh flavor. I like that it's not as sharply tangy as some other plain yogurts.

    1. Fage is imported from Greece so, I suppose, it can be counted as real Greek yogurt. It's good but pretty expensive. They sell yogurt with honey all over Greece as street food.

      Trader Joe's has a "greek-style" yogurt which is about as thick and tangy as the imported stuff, at about 60% of the price. We usually go with that.

      You can approximate the thick stuff by putting regular yogurt to drain in a strainer lined with a paper towel for several hours or overnight (in the fridge.) This makes a pretty good base for Tzatsiki or other sauce of your choice. It's better to use a yogurt without gelatin or other thickeners.

      1. Just eat it and enjoy it! Okay, one suggestion: don't mix the honey in too thoroughly -- I think it's better laced with ribbons of honey rather then completely mixed. Also, since I didn't figure this out right away, I should mention that the container is designed so you just fold the honey container over the yogurt side to pour it out.

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          "...just fold the honey container over..." Neat-O!!! I didn't know this!!!

          The honey is really good, so be sure -- as Ruth has advised -- to be able to taste it without homogenizing it into the yogurt. Fage will not reveal their honey source; I have spoken with their reps on several occasions, but they remain quiet.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            I was unaware of this, but I think the honey is WAY to thick for it to "pour" out, especially since it's refrigerated.

            When I bought the smaller cups with honey cups alongside, I would dip the tip of the spoon into the honey, and then get some yogurt on the spoon and eat it that way.

            Now I just buy the big containers and I've got a tin of Greek thyme honey purchased in a Greek store in Arlington, MA in my pantry that I just spoon some honey out of into a small Tupperware container to eat alongside the Fage.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              after hearing about fage all over the american boards i had to pick up some while visiting a TJs in philly... omg... it's fantastic at 2% with honey and i'd probably sit around and eat this stuff for dessert, if not all day.

              completely agree with lindawhit though, that honey is way too dense out of the fridge to drip over top of the yogurt. i'd do the same and cover my soon with some honey then dip into the yogurt. the sweetness is just fantastic with the lower sour yogurt. it's like low-fat panna cotta!

              1. re: LindaWhit

                I agree about it being too thick to pour -- I actually mulled the phrasing for a while. Actually, though, what it makes it easy to to is scoop/scrape it into the yogurt.

                Zergut (a widely available Bulgarian/Eastern European brand) multiflower honey does a pretty decent approximation of the Greek honey for a reasonable price. Better than any American honey I've tried (and I've tried lots, because I have quite a few different "artisinal" honeys).

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  The Orino brand Greek thyme honey I have wasn't too costly for the amount I got, IIRC. I bought it several years ago, and because of the intense flavor, a little goes a long way! I am nearing the bottom third of the tin, so a trip back to that little Greek store will be in order.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    Ruth -- I, too, love the Zergut the best! And, like you, I have a cabinet full of various honeys that I have tried -- during my honey period! -- when I searched the various markets and specialty stores for honey. You specifically mentioned their multiflower one, but have you tried their Acacia? It is my favorite! And I also agree with you -- actually, I could have written your post! -- that the Zergut brand most approximates the Fage yogurt honey.

                    When I spoke with some reps at Fage, trying to purchase their honey, she directed me to Attika brand, which is another honey available in most Middle Eastern markets. However, I don't like the Attika honey as much as the Zergut honey.

                    I also purchased some dry, powdered honey at a Korean market; it offers a nice crunch in the Fage yogurt. While the dry honey has a definite honey flavor, it is not as rich and pronounced as our more traditional syrup honey.

                    I will offer my vote for the 0% Fage yogurt. I find it quite rich enough for my tastes, and then if I am short on fat at the end of the day, I can always go get a donut!

              2. I've never tried the 2% Fage with honey, but the 0% Fage is my go-to treat (for that price--almost $6 for 16 oz. at my local co-op--i mean: Daa-yaaam!). It's so good, that I'm convinced the fabulously diet-friendly nutritional information on the package is a bald-faced lle.

                1. $4.28 for 17 oz. container @ the local TJ's in Massachusetts. $4.99 @ Market Basket (DeMoula's)

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                  1. re: shaebones

                    TJs. *Shudder*

                    I only shop at TJs under duress. I'd rather pay an extra $2 and have 0% Fage be an once-a-month treat than deal with that place.